The Maryland Transit Administration, an agency of the Maryland Department of Transportation, is seeking information regarding project delivery and financing for proposed light rail projects: the Baltimore Red Line and the Maryland-National Capital Purple Line. Together, these projects will represent nearly a $5 billion investment in Maryland’s transit infrastructure over the next decade. Maryland’s commitment to projects has taken on significant new meaning within the past month:
· The Baltimore Red Line received a Record of Decision from FTA in February, and the Purple Line expected to receive similar environmental approval in September 2013.
· The Maryland General Assembly has adopted legislation that provides additional funding for transportation projects, allowing both projects to maintain their engineering and right-of-way acquisition schedules and proceed to construction in 2015.
· The General Assembly has approved legislation that further structures and clarifies the process for Public-Private Partnerships within the State.
Your review of the Request for Information is greatly appreciated. Responses will be used to inform further decisions about project delivery and financing as well as the form of future Requests for Proposals. Responses are due no later than May 8, 2013.
MTA will also be hosting an industry forum for the Purple Line on May 15th near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony will kick-off the day at 9:00 AM. Registration is available online.
In advance, thank you for your interest in the Red Line and Purple Line projects. We look forward to hearing from you.
Henry M. Kay
Executive Director for Transit Development and Delivery
Maryland Transit Administration